Self-Care: The Best Practices And Strategies For Introverts By Catherine Palmer

Introverted woman lies on grass.

The biggest injustice introverts encounter is the kind of stigmatization which postulates that they are antisocial. Such accusations typically come about after a natural introvert expresses their need for solitude, which is essentially a lonesome time out so they can refill their energy wells. This stems from a very simple fact that socialization takes a lot of energy out of introverts but it does not mean that they are misanthropes.

These sessions are their shelter and a reasonable means to find the inner balance, so it is only prudent to get involved with best practices and strategies to improve their quality of life and self-care cycles.

Practice it daily

An ideal situation in the individual’s life comes about when they achieve a prolonged period of spiritual equilibrium. This is mostly manifested as a blend of peak physical performance, strong immunity, and mental integrity. In order to achieve such a balance, an introvert needs regular sessions of solitude and, to avoid the accumulation of anxieties, it would be most prudent if they practiced it daily.

This means that each person which relishes the idea of solitude should have at least two hours a day only for themselves, preferably before bed, especially if they have a family. Putting an extra ‘me’ time on the list of priorities of, for example, parents may seem like a feat of egotism, but it is actually in everyone’s interest that they have these ‘power up’ intervals so they can stay at the top of their game.

Revel in the wonders of nature

Solitude is an amazingly flexible ‘platform’ that lends you a wealth of opportunities to assemble your own set of favorite activities that will enrich your life and nurture your soul. Activities in nature are often associated with the notion of healthy solitude, and lush backdrops can serve as the polygon for numerous other self-care strategies that you choose to practice.

Ancient healthcare disciplines such as Traditional Chinese Medicine are full of wisdom that have been accrued through centuries, and one of the fundamental tenets of TCM is the intrinsic connection between humans and nature. Even conventional medicine has found that forest walks have a notable positive impact on the immune system.

Learn how to disconnect

Woman meditating on a mountain.

Humans are ‘tribal animals’ by nature, so it is in their essence that they crave approval and connection to their peers. Even the biggest loners require this, which is a feature that they share with extroverts and the main reason why they get hooked on social media just like anyone else. The feverish digital whirlwind that crassly blares from phones and tablets is particularly stressful for natural introverts, so they need to learn how to disconnect in order to get that healthy me-time (a habit that should also be wholeheartedly embraced by the gregarious types as well).

It doesn’t matter if it’s a call, a text or a post, put an end to those endless pings and let the ‘phone on silent’ switch become the traditional announcement of alone time.

Nourish your soul with art

There are two ways you can nourish your soul with art during your hours of solitude. One way is to consume art and the other is to produce it. Reading, listening to music, and watching documentaries can easily enrich your life, but if you truly want to pave your way to self-improvement, you may want to take up a constructive hobby that will require of you to develop discipline and a creative side. It can be something completely innocuous – like filling out a coloring book or assembling a large puzzle – or it can be something more serious, like taking up an art class online or growing your own garden.

The important thing is that it fulfills you. Write and practice calligraphy, play an instrument, paint or assemble small mosaics, there are so many wonderful outlets that can give an extra level of meaning to your alone time. When it comes to social dynamics, humanity appears to be split in half when it comes to the preference of company or solitude. Either one or the other serves as a sort of metaphorical shelter that infuses individuals with the strength necessary to participate in other aspects of life.

This is perfectly normal and since the ‘sample’ of the introverted population is just so unimaginably enormous, this also means that people with drastically different personality makeups fall into this mold – they can be confident, honest and direct, faithful and disciplines, and they can love to party just like extroverts do. The important issue is to find tools for self-improvement within a framework of one’s preference and to uncompromisingly prioritize their own well-being.

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